It can be disheartening when trying to figure out how to handle some of the behavioral problems that come with being a caregiver to a dog. Some issues will cost you tons of money as your dog may be destroying your personal belongings (rugs, furniture, drywall, cabinets, clothing, etc.). Other issues that pop up can be embarrassing or a nuisance to your everyday life. Young, old, a rescue, or even a purebred dog, they can all end up with their own unique issues. You may currently own that dog that when they accidentally get out of the house, they love having you chase him or her around all the other neighbors’ yards! The good news is that we can help you find out why your dog is doing what he/she is and teach both of you how to fix it going forward.
We both know that you are reading this page because you and your dog are currently having a problem. Whether it is chewing, barking, jumping up on your or the counters in the kitchen, or even trying to dig their way to China in the back yard, there is a reason your dog is acting the way that they are. Here at The Dog Wizard Upstate, we thrive on learning about you and your dog and helping you understand one another. We can show you how to turn that negative behavior into a positive or productive one!
We understand that it can be emotionally draining at times when your pup is acting up. It is a dog’s nature to want to do something…anything to give themselves a job. They are productive workaholics in a since! That squirrel that just got chased up the tree, you guessed it, your dog is trying to earn his keep by ridding the area of vermin because in their mind they think it’s their job to do so. Dog owners don’t always see the work a dog does the same way, though, as they are getting dragged along at the end of the leash while their dog barks like a maniac chasing said squirrel.
Dogs want to be helpful and productive, you may or may not see that right now, but it is true nonetheless. They need mental stimulation and a job to do in order to feel balanced and happy. Our approach is by providing a more positive outlet for them to achieve their mental stimulation. We like to do this by teaching a dog obedience skills like sit, come, stay, etc. When you engage a dog by teaching them new skills, or even challenging them to strengthen existing skills, you are engaging them mentally; they are learning how to process information, utilize self-control. They start performing tasks that are productive instead of deconstructive. Your dog will learn how to channel their energy into an incredibly valuable outlet!
When we start channeling the energy of your dog from negative outlets into positive ones the result is a balanced and calm state of mind dog. They become confident in what they are being asked to do and the job that they are doing. They are happy performing it because deep down, dogs want to make their owners happy and please them; it is just right now they don’t always know how to achieve that positive attention. To them, attention is just attention, and all of it means that you are interacting with them. Let us help you strengthen your relationship with one another and your communication. Everything that we teach gains you and your dog more freedom, happiness, and opportunities to release their energy through mental stimulation and become a more confident and calm dog.